The Imprisonment of the Yaran: Mahvash Sabet’s Plight as a Baha’i in Iran

The following op-ed by Bijan Masoumian appeared on on May 7, 2014

My cousin, Mahvash Sabet, is now in the women’s ward of Evin Prison, which is well known for its human rights abuses in Iran. She and six others were part of an ad hoc leadership group of the Baha’i community of Iran, known as the “Yaran-i-Iran,” or friends of Iran, who were arrested and detained in 2008. May 14 will mark six years since Mahvash’s colleagues were imprisoned for their faith. Mahvash herself was arrested a couple of months earlier in Mashhad, on March 8, 2008.

This is not the first time Mahvash has been imprisoned for being a Baha’i. In 2005, on the day of her daughter’s wedding, six Mahvash Sabet is serving 20 years as a prisoner of conscience in Iran.unexpected guests arrived early, knocking at their door around 6:30 a.m to arrest Mahvash. They were officers of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence, and they came bearing a gift: a court order to search the home and arrest Mahvash.

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